GW Safe Ride

Student Safe Ride Service

GW Safe ride service area around the foggy bottom campus

Safe Ride Service Area


Regular Service

GW SafeRide, formerly known as 4Ride, provides a free and safe ride to/from Foggy Bottom Campus residence halls and academic buildings during late-night hours for students, faculty and staff who prefer not to walk alone. This safe ride service operates seven days a week (Sunday - Saturday) from 7 p.m. until 4 a.m.. GW SafeRide operates during the academic year except on designated university holidays. Students seeking transport for "convenience" or who would like to travel outside of the GW campus service area should use local transport services such as Metro, Uber, or Lyft.

How to Request a GW Safe Ride


GW Safe Ride Logo


Students can use the “GW Rider” app to request a GW Safe Ride. Similar to ride-sharing apps, GW Rider allows students to see their driver’s license plate, driver’s ETA and the estimated time of drop off. The GW SafeRide vehicles are also identifiable by GW-branded wrap.

You can reserve a ride in three ways:

  1. Download the “GW Rider” app in the Apple or Google Play stores. Log into the app using GW’s Single Sign On (SSO) and request a ride.

  2. Log in to the website using GW’s SSO and request a ride.

  3. Call (202) 994-RIDE (7433) between 7 p.m. - 4 a.m.

During other hours, the GW Guardian app offers an additional layer of security. Free to the GW Community, this personal safety app enables users on and off campus to, among other features, set a Safety Timer and assign a virtual Guardian to monitor your safety late at night or while traveling.

GW Safe Ride Service Area on Foggy Bottom Campus

East/West: 17th Street to 25th Street

North/South:  E Street/Virginia Ave to M Street 

GW Buildings (Map Locations):  


  • You are required to show GWorld identification to the driver.
  • Be respectful to the drivers, other passengers and the vehicle at all times.
  • Do not leave any garbage and ensure you have all possessions before exiting (especially keys and cell phone).
  • Food and drink must be in a sealed container and/or bagged throughout the ride.
  • Students who make a substantial mess (including vomit) will be charged a $200 cleaning cost and be reported to the Office of Students Rights & Responsibilities.


GW Safe Ride


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